November 5, 2018

Around the nation: Premature birth rates are increasing, March of Dimes says

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    The state with the highest premature birth rate was Mississippi, at 13.6%, while Vermont was the lowest, at 7.5%, according to a report issued by the March of Dimes, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Vermont.

    • Missouri: The Department of Defense has completed go-lives of its new EHR from Cerner at four military treatment facilities, according to a blog post from Travis Dalton, president of government services at Cerner. Dalton also said that the Department of Veterans Affairs in May finalized a $10 billion contract for a system wide implementation of a Cerner EHR over a 10-year period (Cohen, Becker's Health IT & CIO Report, 11/1).

    • Vermont/Mississippi: The U.S. Premature birth rate rose for the third year in a row, accounting for 9.93% of all births in 2017, compared to 9.85% in 2016, according to a report issued by the March of Dimes. The state with the highest premature birth rate was Mississippi, at 13.6%, while Vermont was the lowest, at 7.5% (Cook, Becker's Clinical Leadership & Infection Control, 11/1).

    • Ohio: Mercy Health-Allen Hospital has named Charlotte Wray as president. Wray previously served as president of University Hospitals-Elyria Medical Center and as the hospital's chief clinical and information officer. Wray will succeed Ed Ruth, who is retiring at the end of the year (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 11/1).

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